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Prohibition against Termination

An employer shall not terminate the services of an employee on any of the following grounds:

1. Trade union membership or participation in trade union activities outside working hours or, with the consent of the employer, within working hours.

2. Seeking office as, or acting as the capacity of, an employee representative.

3. Making a complaint or participating in proceedings against an employer involving an alleged violation of laws and regulation.

4. Race, colour, sex, marital status, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, nationality or social origin.

5. Reasonable absence from work due to family emergencies or responsibilities.

6. Absence from work during maternity leave as certified by a medical practitioner.

7. Absence from work due to injury or illness provided that the employee submits a medical certificate to his employer by the third day of absence.

8. Absence from work in the performance of jury service as required by law.

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Labour Day often referred as “May Day” is a public holiday in St.Vincent and the Grenadines and is observed on 1st May having previously been observed on the first Monday in May.

It is an important annual event that remembers workers around the world and here in St.Vincent and the Grenadines who struggled and succeeded to ensure decent and fair working conditions. During the mid to late 1800s the working day was long and arduous, where some employees would work up to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. A change was made to the working hours each week from 12 hours to 8 hours per day.

Labour Day is also a time to celebrate the role of workers in the economy and address contemporary economic issues. It is a time to celebrate the important contributions working people make to our economy. It is also a good time to reflect on what is needed to improve the economic and social well-being for all workers. Working people are the engine of the economy. The work they do, the services they provide and the money they spend drive the economy.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity
and importance and should be undertaken
with painstaking excellence.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Labour Day!